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Health Professional Level 1- Psychologist Intern

Canberra & ACT, ACT

Full time

$57,941 - $73,823


Job Title: Psychologist
Classification: Health Professional Level 1
Annual Salary: $57,941 - $73,823
Branch: Mental Health, Justice Health and Alcohol and Drug Services
Section: Adult Mental Health Services
Vacancy Type: Temporary Full-time
Duration: 6 Months
Position Number: 19451
Closing Date: 29 June 2017
Contact Officer: John Acs (02) 6205 1058 [email protected]  

About us

ACT Health is a values-led Directorate. Our values guide our day-to-day actions, behaviours, decisions and communications to successfully deliver the best services to meet the needs of our community. They were developed by us, for us and are unique to our work.

Overview of the work area and position

ACT Health is a values-led Directorate. Our values guide our day-to-day actions, behaviours, decisions and communications to successfully deliver the best services to meet the needs of our community. The core values of Care, Excellence, Collaboration and Integrity were developed by us, for us and are unique to our work.

Mental Health, Justice Health and Alcohol Drug Services (MHJHADS) provide health services directly and through partnerships with community organisations. The services provided range from prevention and treatment to recovery, maintenance of wellbeing and harm minimisation. The participation of people accessing our services, their families and carers is encouraged in all aspects of service planning and delivery. The Division works in partnership with a range of government and non-government service providers to ensure the best possible outcomes for people with mental illness.

The Division delivers services at a number of locations, including hospital inpatient and outpatient settings, community health centres, detention centres, other community settings including peoples home. These services include:

• Adult Acute Mental Health Services
• Adult Community Mental Health Services
• Alcohol and Drug Services
• Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
• Justice Health Services
• Rehabilitation and Specialty Services

The successful applicant will be employed as a Health Professional Officer Level 1 – Intern Psychologist, to be a member of multidisciplinary mental health teams. The Psychology Intern position is based in Adult Community Mental Health Services. Allied health staff working within MHJHADS are required to support people to achieve their personal recovery goals as identified in their Recovery Plan. Adult Community Mental Health Services provide services for people aged over 18 years and operate from the Community Health Centres, Canberra Hospital and Off Campus locations in the ACT, with a strong focus on the provision of timely and effective mental health interventions.

The role will provide a range of assessment and treatment services to assist people in the ACT that present with mental health concerns.

Under close professional supervision:

• Promote positive client outcomes through the provision of high quality clinical services and health promotion activities in/across designated areas or units as part of a multidisciplinary team.
• Provide individual or group service delivery.
• Apply knowledge, skills, and professional judgement in the delivery of routine services.

Eligibility/Other Requirements


• A four or five year accredited tertiary sequence of study in Psychology.
• Eligibility for Provisional Psychologist registration with the Psychology Board of Australia.
• Current driver’s licence.

Prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:

• Undergo a pre-employment Police check.
• Comply with ACT Health credentialing requirements for allied health
• Comply with ACT Health Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination policy, (OMU).


The role is a temporary internship comprising of a two year graduate program which may lead to permanency. Consideration for ongoing appointment is contingent upon completion of the internship program and general registration with the Psychology Board of Australia, as well as successful recruitment at the Health Professional Officer 2 level after completion of the internship.


Under close professional supervision:

1. Provide appropriate psychological assessment and interventions within limited scope of practice using established principles, techniques and methods, across a number of ACMHS clinical areas including, but not limited to:

• Crisis management and safety planning based on psychological principles.

• Specialist assessments and reports, including psychometric testing, structured clinical interviews for diagnosis, and basic cognitive testing.

• Case formulation, diagnosis and treatment planning.

• Psychoeducation, especially regarding mental illness and coping skills.

• Outcome measures and measurement of symptom change.

• Brief and short term therapy intervention, including but not limited to Solution Focused Therapy.

• Structured Psychological therapy intervention in one or two therapies, including but not limited to Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour therapy Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

2. Exercise professional judgment in problem solving and managing cases using established principles, procedures and techniques, adaptation or modification and be guided by evidence based practice principles.

3. Liaise with carers and other service providers as required.

4. Complete clinical and administrative data collection and evaluation to standard

5. Participate in supervision, continuing professional development and performance management.

6. Active contribution in implementation of clinical governance activity, quality improvement projects, research programs, and health promotion in areas relevant to service.

7. Undertake other duties appropriate to this level of classification and within the approved scope of clinical practice which contribute to the operations of the section.

Selection Criteria

These are the key criteria for how you will be assessed in conjunction with your resume and experience.

Your statement of claims against the selection criteria should summarise how your skills and experiences would enable you to fulfil the responsibilities of the position. It is therefore in the interests of candidates to present their application in a way that demonstrates significant outcomes associated with each of the criteria, as well as the capabilities and behaviours that underpin them.

1. Ability to work collaboratively to provide clinical assessment and psychology interventions for people experiencing mental illness in a community setting.

2. Ability to manage and prioritise a caseload, under supervision, in a time pressured environment.

3. An understanding of working in a multidisciplinary team, and experience and willingness to participate in a professional supervision program.

4. Effective oral and written communication skills, including:
the ability to establish and maintain effective dialogue and working relationships with the people who access our service, and staff and other service providers and the ability to utilise a range of information technology applications to maintain documentation and data collection to the standards of ACT Heath.

5. Demonstrate a commitment to work, health and safety (WH&S) and the positive patient experience and displays behaviour consistent with ACT Health’s values of Care, Excellence, Collaboration and Integrity.

How to Apply

To complete your application, you must prepare responses to the Selection Criteria and upload this as part of your application along with a current curriculum vitae. For more information on how to apply go to  

For further information about the position and a copy of the performance expectations and jobs demands checklist please contact the Contact Officer above.